Generic Metadate CD

You can now buy Metadate CD (methylphenidate extended-release) in generic form. The generic version has not been rated by the FDA for effectiveness; however, this is because the generic version is exactly the same as the brand-name product. It is even made by the same manufacturer.

Generic Metadate CD: An Overview

Metadate CD® (methylphenidate extended-release) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a stimulant, although it has effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants (like caffeine) can cause hyperactivity, Metadate CD has a calming effect at the doses used to treat ADHD.
 
Brand-name Metadate CD is manufactured by UCB, Inc. However, it is also available in generic form.
 

Availability of Generic Metadate CD

Generic Metadate CD is available in the following strengths:
 
Methylphenidate ER 10 mg
• Methylphenidate ER 20 mg
• Methylphenidate ER 30 mg
• Methylphenidate ER 40 mg
• Methylphenidate ER 50 mg
• Methylphenidate ER 60 mg.
 
The generic Metadate CD version currently available is sold by Kremers Urban and is an “authorized generic,” meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Metadate CD in every way (it is even made by UCB), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
 

Is Generic Methylphenidate ER as Good as Metadate CD?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
 
An “AB” rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic Metadate CD version currently available has not been rated; however, it needs no rating, since it is the real, brand-name drug that has been relabeled.
 
Keep in mind that there are several different long-acting methylphenidate medications in addition to Metadate CD. These include Concerta®, Metadate ER®, Ritalin LA®, and Ritalin SR®. Generic versions of such medications are not equivalent to Metadate CD.
 
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